Future Pacing and why it will clear your mind. Part three of the Deep Forest Series
By Camille BoivinJuly 22, 2012
We’d been walking for hours after a misguided attempt to find the allusive ‘mud lake’ that took us off the path (a path, apparently that decided to disappear completely as we picked through the branches and stepped over fallen logs – nothing looked familiar as we tried to find our way back), and my nephew was getting scared. He kept looking to me like you might look at a stewardess during airplane turbulence to see if the plane is going to crash; I had to stay calm.
In order to keep a clear mind, I future paced myself to a time when we were back home by the fire. We would be laughing at the adventure and thankful it was over.
Future pacing sets a goal in the mind and allows you to work backwards – essentially, it helps to form a plan when everything seems to out of your control.
Give this a try right now:
Your take away:
Even when lost in the forest, future pacing cleared my head. I knew we would make it out okay and, because I knew that was possible, I could stay calm. This is the third of five tools for resilience – keep watch for the fourth tool. It’s all about lightening your load . . .
Have you ever future paced?
Looking back on your life’s successes, can you recognize a time when you knew things were going to work well?
Camille Boivin is founder of Sister Leadership, bringing herknowledge of resilience, perseverance, and changing perception to others. She aspires toÂ help women explode their success. For more posts and experiences, join Camille at her Sister Leadership page, connect on Twitter, and follow on Facebook. Welcome to the Sister Leadership community!
Title: Certified Executive Coach, ACC
Organization: Sister Leadership
Camille Boivin transitioned from 30 years of corporate sales and marketing experience to one with more entrepreneurial spirit. In 2009/2010, she reached top sales recognition by achieving 49% growth in multi-million dollar advertising buys at our nationâ€™s #1 daily newspaper, The Ottawa Citizen. As she creates a space to be more curious about life, she is coaching extraordinary women leaders in entrepreneurship, mid-management and senior executive positions. Transformational coaching consists of mind, body and purpose shifts, which is supported by focusing on building on strengths. Ms. Boivin's clients are leaders in healthcare, client relationship management, entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer. Ms. Boivin is a graduate of the Royal Roads Executive coach training program and possess 30 years of experience in the corporate sales and marketing. She is a certified practitioner of EQ 2.0 and DISC. As a master practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, she facilitates workshops on how to better communicate with others as well as to seek clarity for what we want in life. She is a trained facilitator of DISC, Legacy Leadership and Coaching Out-of-the-Box. Ms. Boivin's top five values are: courage, empathy, confidence, community and wellness. What she brings to the co-creation coaching process is a very safe space to dive into bigger issues both personally and professionally, starting with business challenges and, when the client is ready, moving away from strategies into our belief system. Purpose fuels her courage as she has transitioned, as many do, from a fiery point of disease to one of extraordinary health. She has been through the eye of the needle and returned with more energy and resilience than ever before.